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Mask of Duplicity

The Jacobite Chronicles, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Following the death of their father, Beth's brother, Richard, returns from the army to claim his share of the family estate. However, Beth's hopes of a quiet life are dashed when Richard, dissatisfied with his meager inheritance and desperate for promotion, decides to force her into a marriage for his military gain. He will stop at nothing to get his way. 

Beth is coerced into a reconciliation with her noble cousins in order to marry well and escape her brutal brother. She is then thrown into the glittering social whirl of Georgian high society and struggles to conform. The effeminate but witty socialite Sir Anthony Peters offers to ease her passage into society, and she is soon besieged by suitors eager to get their hands on her considerable dowry. 

Beth, however, wants love and passion for herself and to break free from the artificial life she is growing to hate. She finds herself plunged into a world where nothing is as it seems and everyone hides behind a mask. 

Can she trust the people professing to care for her?

©2015 Julia Brannan (P)2019 Julia Brannan

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Just brilliant!

A brilliant rendition of one of my favourite books of all time. This audio book has brought the characters of “The Mask of Duplicity” to life. I thoroughly recommend Julia’s “Jacobite Chronicles” to all readers who enjoy historical romance with accurate elements of history tied in with characters brought to life with the penmanship of a wonderful writer. I cannot wait for the next in series to come out as an audio book.

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Mask of Duplicity

I have waiting for this book to be released in audiobook, and thrilled to say it has been well worth the wait. Rosslyn and Will, have done a brilliant job of bringing Julia’s wonderful story and characters spectacularly to life. I highly recommend it to those who are already fans of Julia’s books and for all those yet to discover this brilliant work of historical fiction, that tells the history of the 45 Jacobite Rising through the wonderful characters of Alex, Beth and co. I for one will listen to it many times and look forward to the release of the rest of these books in this fabulous series.

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Outstanding audible novel experience.

Mask of Duplicity is a wonderful narrative, written by Julia Brennan. Spoken by Rosalyn and Will it is a rich narrative combining history, drama in the best storytelling tradition.

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  • Mair
  • 07-03-2019

Historical fiction w/ excellent dual narration.

First, this book is more historical fiction than historical romance, which in no way took away from my enjoyment of this well written, well researched, and exceedingly interesting story. This is Book 1 in the five-volume series The Jacobite Chronicles. At the time of this review, this is the only volume available on Audible.

The dual narration by Rosalyn Landor and Will M. Watt is outstanding and is certainly the best, most original dual narration (that I have yet to hear). Ms. Landor voices ALL the female characters, and Mr. Watt performs ALL the male characters. They are individually, as well as jointly, superb. The narrators intermittently take turns as the general storyteller and the switching is done seamlessly. The audio editor(s) and these narrators should all each win an Audie for this work.

The story centers around the Jacobite uprising, starting (in this story) in 1741. The main character, Elizabeth "Beth" Cunningham, a cash-poor, country-bred, orphaned heiress, with political leanings to the James Stuart. Beth is pushed into London society (in hopes of making brilliant match) by her older, sadistic*, ruthless stepbrother, Richard, a sergeant in the Dragoons, and their cousin Edward, a staid misogynist. Both seek to use Beth as a means to increase political influence and power. Beth is supported by a varied group of loyal servants as well as her uninteresting, but basically kind older female cousins. The story takes place early on near Manchester, and later in London. Sir Anthony Peters, a foppish, rich, influential personality becomes more and more central to the story. Parallel to the London society aspects of the story, is the group of rebels hoping to bring James Stuart (or his son, Bonny Prince Charlie) back to the throne of England, Scotland, and Ireland, held at the time by George II. The rebel group centers around Alex MacGregor, his brothers, and other clansmen, whom Beth unknowingly meets in Manchester. A smart reader will figure out the specific connection early, but it doesn’t take away from the excellence of the story.

This was *very* entertaining and I really hope the other volumes are released on Audible soon.

*Note: there is some brutality and a sexual assault in the book which were hard to listen to, nevertheless, I will listen to this book again (although I may speed up considerably through those parts).

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  • Cynthia b.
  • 26-04-2019

had potential

This book ended with so many unanswered questions that it feels like a part one. Unfortunately it also dragged forever that the interest to get answers is gone.

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  • Dolores
  • 07-03-2019

An excellent listen

This book is great on so many levels. It's an accurate representation of the period for which it was written, based on very well researched archives in Scottish and English history. It's an exciting fictional story with interesting and well developed characters. It's a well crafted book in a world of so much less than literary work that has been a constant for the past few decades. And now we have the audio version. I'm blown away by the quality. As an avid consumer of audiobooks, I would say this is the best of the best. It's difficult enough for one reader to craft a good audio experience, but to have a male and female representation and to do it so flawlessly is such a treat. It's really, really good. I can't wait for the entire series on audible!

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  • Cate F.
  • 05-03-2019

Marvelous Surprise

Because Rosalyn Landor was the narrator of Mask of Duplicity I took a chance on this book by an author I did not know. So glad I did because I enjoyed it greatly, especially the character of Sir Anthony and his story. The heroine, Beth, was suitably strong minded and outspoken yet compassionate.
Be prepared for the ending to be a happy cliffhanger. If you enjoy books by Joanna Bourne, Lucinda Brandt, or Stella Riley, you will very likely enjoy this author as well.

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  • Pat Hanson
  • 08-03-2019

A wonderful story with excellent narration

I loved reading the kindle version of Mask of Duplicity so when I heard about this audiobook version I couldn’t wait to listen to it. I had never before listened to an audiobook with the male and female characters performed by two different readers. That method added so much to this particular story. I highly recommend both the novel and the audiobook to anyone who is interested in the Jacobite historic era. I am already anticipating the audiobook version of the entire series.

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  • Buyit
  • 04-03-2019

Immersed instantly ! Loved it!

This is a web of intrigue and historical fiction that will suit the guys and the gals ! The characters are taking you on a journey into meticulously researched factual history . This is a fantastic audible !
Can’t wait for the next !

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  • SB
  • 08-10-2019

You’ll need Book2. Nice Surprise,SUPERB Narration!

This book is such a nice surprise. Good intelligent writing, historical details, great building of characters and story!

The Narration is SUPERB! I wish every book would be narrated such.

READ SERIES IN ORDER. The story develops from book to book. Get Book 2, to get some (fun) answers.
P.S you may think that one male character is overly played, but more is revealed in Book 2, and it will makes sense.

Highly recommended, Bring more in the series, please !!!

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  • TexasJo
  • 27-09-2019

Great book.

I loved the mystery behind Sir edward. I can it wait when she finds out who he is!!

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  • Sheri
  • 13-09-2019

Leaves ya hanging

Okay I’m okay as long as I know the next book is published in the series....but cliffhangers like that! OMG ;)

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  • Endurance97
  • 18-08-2019

Dead end

I thought the story was engaging, but it ended prematurely in my opinion. It feels like there should be a sequel. I haven't located it, however. The use of two narrators was jarring, but it didn't bother me the farther along the story went. The ending was the most problematic aspect.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-03-2019

Mask of Duplicity

A cracking good story. Wonderful to listen to. I hope more of Julia's books are made into audiobooks.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-04-2019

Mask of Duplicity

Great story with vibrant and dynamic characters and performed so very well by Rosalyn Landor and Will M. Watt. Excellent! Would like to hear the rest now, please.

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  • asearle79
  • 03-10-2019

Sir Anthony Peter's comes alive!

I'm glad that Mask of Duplicity was my first audio book.
The storytelling really brings the characters to life. Sir Anthony Peter certainly excelled himself.

Congratulations to the audio readers for providing a marvelous retelling of Book 1 of Julia's Jacobite Chronicles.

I've read the all the books in the series so far, but it was a wonderful experience to have the story read. I look forward to enjoying the rest of the Jacobite Chronicles in audio versions too!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-09-2019

The Mask If Duplicityv

This was my first audio book so I was unsure if I would like it After one minute of listening I loved itv
I’ve read the book do I knew the story but listening to it and hearing the characters come alive was wonderful
Rebellious Beth a lovely heroine Richard was pure evil and best of all Sir Anthony Peters a most unusual hero It’s a good story Well written Beth the secret Jacobite in a very dangerous time and finally the mysterious highlander Alex who we don’t know much about but Im sure we will in the next book
Can definitely recommend this audio book Well worth a listen to be transported back to 1743 in Manchester and London in dangerous times .

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  • John Rees
  • 14-06-2019

Thoroughly enjoyed

This was recommended to me. I'm glad it was. A thoroughly enjoyable story. Well written. A great plot packed with twists and turns. Characters are well drawn. I could picture the people and places. Not my usual genre so good to step out of the box. Am looking out for book 2 on audible. Hope it comes along soon. The narration is very good. Two voices. and they work together beautifully. Well worth listening to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-05-2019

very enjoyable

I really enjoyed listening to this reading. I highly recommend it if you love history.